Aonghais Cook

Senior Research Ecologist

Aonghais undertakes research examining the causes of changes in the abundance of waterbirds and seabirds, and potential impacts of man-made developments on their populations

Interests & Responsibilities

Aonghais works on a wide variety of short-term research projects, mainly focussing on the ecology of marine birds. Recent work has focussed on environmental impacts of renewable energy developments and developing monitoring strategies and indicators for seabirds and other marine species. Aonghais regularly provides scientific advice to government organisations, industry and others, and welcomes opportunities for collaboration.

Qualifications

BSc Ecology Stirling University, 2000-2004. MSc Ecology University of Wales, Bangor, 2004-2005. PhD Landscape Use By Gulls, Newcastle University, 2005-2008.

Recent BTO Publications

Largey, N., Cook, A.S.C.P., Thaxter, C.B., McCluskie, A., Stokke, B.G., Wilson, B. & Masden, E.A. 2021. Methods to quantify avian airspace use in relation to wind energy development. Ibis View at journal website (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12913)
Green, R.M.W., Burton, N.H.K. & Cook, A.S.C.P. 2020. Pilot Tracking Study of the Migratory Movements of Shelduck to Inform Understanding of Potential Interactions with Offshore Wind Farms in the North Sea. Research Report no. 725. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford ISBN: 978-1-912642-19-9 54pp
Green, R.M.W., Burton, N.H.K. & Cook, A.S.C.P. 2019. Review of the migratory movements of Shelduck to inform understanding of potential interactions with the offshore wind farms in the southern North Sea. Research Report no. 718. ISBN: 978-1-912642-10-6 48pp
Cook, A.S.C.P., Humphreys, E.M., Robinson, R.A. & Burton, N.H.K. 2019. Review of the potential of seabird colony monitoring to inform monitoring programmes for consented offshore wind farm projects. Research Report no. 712. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford, Norfolk ISBN: 978-1-912642-07-6 163pp
Cook, A.S.C.P., Humphreys, E.M., Bennet, F., Masden, E.A. & Burton, N.H.K. 2018. Quantifying avian avoidance of offshore wind turbines: Current evidence and key knowledge gaps. Marine Environmental Research 140 : 278-288 View at journal website (DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.06.017) 11pp

Other Publications

Cook, A., Rushton, S., Allan, J. & Baxter, A. 2008. An evaluation of techniques to control problem bird species on landfill sites. Environmental Management 41: 834-843.



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